Monday, August 11, 2014

Calvary (2014)

Director: John Michael McDonagh. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, M. Emmet Walsh. 100 min. Rated R. Ireland/UK. Drama.

Ireland village priest is threatened in the confessional booth that he will be killed in a week by a patron, who says he was repeatedly raped as a child by another priest who is now dead. The priest first thinks he knows who threatened him, but as he sleuths around, he realizes the people are so messed up, anybody could be a suspect. The beautiful Irish vistas remind of Ryan's Daughter, and Brendon Gleeson delivers a towering Oscar-worthy performance as the priest, who with all his faults and doubts, tries to maintain his faith and do what he deems right.

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